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What are IBS spasms and cramps? November 25, 2015 10:00

Sufferers have described irritable bowel syndrome spasms and cramps as:

  • Discomfort
  • Abdominal pain
  • A sharp stabbing
  • A ‘migraine’ in the stomach

Unfortunately one of the most unpleasant symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome is pain. This pain can be caused by intestinal spasms or cramps that can lead to decreased or increased movement in the bowels and a feeling of constipation, gassiness or bloating.

“A cramp or spasm is a sudden or prolonged involuntary muscular contraction or convulsive movement” – as defined in the Oxford dictionary.

When the pain is new
Spasms and cramps can be painful and alarming. When diagnosing IBS your doctor will ask you about the types of pain you have experienced. If you are experiencing a different pain to your typical symptoms and you have concerns we recommend that you speak to your doctor immediately.

Ongoing effects
IBS flare ups can be linked to stress and anxiety. Help yourself break the pain-stress-symptom cycle by making sure you manage your pain with a plan outlined with an IBS specialist or your GP so that this doesn’t lead to increased stress and flare up’s of your condition.

There are many methods considered helpful for alleviating pain, if you would like to try IBSACOL and see how it could relieve your symptoms check out our 2 month supply option.

Your doctor may also suggest:

  • Hot water bottles or wheat bags
  • Peppermint oil
  • Medications and pain relief prescribed by your doctor
  • Exercise
  • Stress relieving practices
  • Hydration

*If you have IBS and are experiencing unusual pain unlike pain you have already described to your doctor please seek medical advice immediately. This article is written generically about IBS and should not supersede any advice received by a medical professional about an individual condition. If you think you have IBS or any other condition get the advice of your Family Doctor especially before beginning or changing any course of medication.


What are IBS trigger foods November 11, 2015 10:00

What is a trigger food?

An Irritable Bowel Syndrome ‘trigger food’ is one that can initiate or aggravate IBS symptoms including change in bowel movements, cramps and bloating. Some of these foods are widely known for their effect on sufferers where others do not always set off a reaction but in some instances do.

What foods are included?

Foods known to produce excess gas within the bowels – these can aggravate bloating and feelings of urgency. 
(Beans, cabbage, legumes, cauliflower, broccoli, lentils, sprouts, raisins, onions, bagels, soft drinks and soda etc.)

Foods that stimulate the gut – these can cause cramping and bloating.
(High fat meals, large portion sizes, fried foods, alcohol and caffeine)

Hard to digest sugars – these can cause cramping and diarrhoea.
(Sorbitol sweetener found in some sugar free food and soft drinks and fructose)

What alternatives are there?

It is important to remember that although these food’s may trigger IBS symptoms if you do decide to remove them from your diet you will still need to find a source of the vital vitamins and minerals your body requires.

  • Consider speaking to a dietician about developing a meal plan tailored to your symptoms.
  • There are many diet plans available online, the majority of them have good ideas on how to eat well with IBS.
  • Experiment with different foods, try eliminating different foods from your diet to see if that makes a difference to your symptoms.

Looking to be free of restricted diets? Try IBSACOL today and see if after just a few weeks you can go back to eating the foods you miss. Here are some testimonials from people who have found that IBSACOL helped them.

Thank you to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders for providing information on this topic.

*A healthy diet is vital for everyone. Please remember to always seek medical advice. This article is written generically about IBS and should not supersede any advice received by a medical professional about an individual condition. If you think you have IBS or any other condition get the advice of your Family Doctor especially before beginning or changing any course of medication.